- Old Kolkata Heritage Walk
- Kolkata White Town
Jorasanko Thakurbari (Rabindranath Tagore's Residence) from where the heritage walk starts.
This palatial mansion in North Kolkata was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy Bengali merchant with a passion for collecting works of art. Built in Neoclassical in style, the house contains plenty of Western sculpture and Victorian furniture, paintings by European and Indian artists, and other decorative objects including large chandeliers, clocks and floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
The Gauri Bari area in Kolkata is famous for the Jain Parshwanath Temple. Built by a Jain named Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim in 1867, the temple is a major tourist attraction and also a favourite adda/spot for residents.
Built by Raja Nabakrishna Deb, the Shobhabazar Rajbari is famous for its grand celebration of Durga Puja. This has been a tradition ever since 1757 when the victory of the British over Siraj-ud-Daulah at the Battle of Plassey was celebrated with much fanfare. Lord Clive and Warren Hastings were in the list of invitees. This place is a must-visit during the durga puja festival.
Kumartuli is a traditionally potters' quarter in North Kolkata. This neighbourhood not only supplies clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses to various Barowari (public organisation of a religious festival) in Kolkata and its neighbourhoods, but also exports its beautiful creations.
Old Kolkata Heritage Trail
This trails starts at Jarosanko Thakurbari and ends at Kumartuli.
Raj Bhavan, or Government House, initiated by Lord Wellesley who famously said “India should be governed from a Palace, not a counting house”. This is now the residence of the Governor of Bengal.
St John’s Church
St John’s Church houses the grave of Job Charnock - the founder of British Calcutta.
Lal Dighi is the water tank that provided drinking water, but was also a popular promenade.
The General Post Office
The General Post Office is known for its grand dome and Corinthian pillars.
Writer’s Building, which originally served as the offices of the clerks of the East India Company, but now houses the Secretariat of West Bengal
St Andrew's Church
St Andrew's Church also known as the Kirk is the only Scottish church in Kolkata and was opened to the public only on March 8, 1818.
Kolkata White Town trail
Kolkata was divided into White Town and Black Town. The White Town was centered around Dalhousie Square, which is the oldest square in the City.The most iconic buildings of Kolkata are located in this area. We would be starting our walk from the Great Eastern Hotel and cover the marked historic monuments.